Way too early NBA power rankings 2022-23

Joel Embiid, Sixers (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers
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Philadelphia 76ers. 6. team. 93. . .

NBA power rankings — 6. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers re-signed James Harden and filled out the supporting cast with impressive names such as P.J. Tucker and De’Anthony Melton. On paper, one could credibly argue that this is the best team of the Joel Embiid era. There’s a lot yet to be seen — how fresh is Harden, what kind of leap does Maxey take, how much tread is left on Tucker’s tires — but Philadelphia finally has the star power, depth, and defensive versatility necessary to really compete in the East.

team. 77. . . . Los Angeles Clippers. 5

NBA power rankings — 5. LA Clippers

The Clippers will welcome Kawhi Leonard back into the rotation with open arms. Health is an ongoing concern for Leonard at this point, but there aren’t many better one-man offenses than Leonard when he’s healthy. Paul George remains an elite wingman, and the Clippers boast one of the most impressive depth charts in the West. Not to mention Ty Lue, whose adaptability and quick-thinking makes LAC almost impossible to game plan against.

team. 66. . . . Phoenix Suns. 4

NBA power rankings — 4. Phoenix Suns

The Suns won 65 games last season before flaming out in spectacular fashion in Game 7 of the second round. A disappointing finish and turmoil in the locker room left a lot of unanswered questions heading into the offseason, but former No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton is back on a max contract and the Suns still figure to have one of, if not the best regular season team in the NBA. The question now is whether Chris Paul and Devin Booker can get over the hump come playoffs time.